Joel Embiid Becomes 4th NBA Player to Average 35-10-5 Over 25 Games

Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid has become the fourth player in NBA history to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists over a 25-game span, joining the ranks of Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
‣ Embiid is currently the frontrunner to win back-to-back MVP awards according to multiple NBA betting sites.
‣ Despite missing four of the last five games due to a sprained right ankle, Embiid still leads the NBA in points per game (34.8), free throws (267), player efficiency rating (34.8), win shares per 48 minutes (.317), and usage percentage (38.1%).

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Joel Embiid, the star player of Philadelphia 76ers, is now the fourth player in NBA history. He’s joined the ranks of Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. How so? Well, he’s averaged at least 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists over a 25-game span.

In his last 25 games, Embiid’s been on fire. His averages? A whopping 35.2 points, 12 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game. And this season? He’s been in 26 games and is averaging career highs of 34.8 points, 6.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Now, let’s talk about the MVP awards. According to multiple NBA betting sites, Embiid is the frontrunner to win back-to-back MVP awards. But don’t count out Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Luka Doncic. Sportsbooks are still showing great odds for these players.

In Philadelphia’s recent 110-97 win over the Chicago Bulls, Embiid was a beast. He recorded 31 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and two blocks in just 31:27 of action. The six-time All-Star notched a triple-double in only three quarters.

And guess what? The only NBA player ever to post at least 30-15-10 in fewer minutes played was also Embiid. He did it in 29:47 on 1/3/22 vs. Houston. The two-time scoring champ is also shooting a career-best 88.7% at the foul line.

Embiid recorded his seventh career triple-double in three quarters vs. Chicago Bulls. And he’s not planning to slow down. “I want to play as many games as possible,” said Embiid. He had missed all four games of the 76ers’ holiday road trip due to a sprained right ankle.

“It’s unfortunate I missed the past four games, but I can’t control it. If I’m healthy, my goal was to try and play 82 games. Every single game. Sometimes, it’s not just possible. Sometimes, stuff happens.”

In the game against Chicago, Philadelphia outscored them 43-18 in the opening quarter. The Sixers’ 25-point lead is their largest at the end of the first quarter since they led by 28 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on April 11, 2018.

The Sixers’ 73-42 lead marked the 12th time the club led by 31-plus points at halftime in franchise history. And Embiid? He’s been on a roll. It was his 15th straight game with 30 or more points.

He joins Chamberlain (1963-64), Abdul-Jabbar (1971-72), Kobe Bryant (2002-03), and James Harden (2018-19) as the only NBA players to accomplish this feat. Besides Chamberlain, the only other Sixer with multiple 30-15-10 games is Charles Barkley.

Despite missing four of the last five games, Embiid still leads the NBA in points per game (34.8), free throws (267), player efficiency rating (34.8), win shares per 48 minutes (.317), and usage percentage (38.1%).

NBA sportsbooks show Joel Embiid with fourth-best odds to win NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Oddsmakers are giving better odds to Rudy Gobert, Chet Holmgren, and Anthony Davis. But with Embiid’s recent performances, who knows what might happen?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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